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Table 2 Body perception and body mass index by gender and ethnic background (%) a

From: Ethnic differences in perceptions of body satisfaction and body appearance among U.S. Schoolchildren: a cross-sectional study

  Boys Girls
Variables Hispanic African-American Non-Hispanic White Hispanic African-American Non-Hispanic White
  N = 1315 N = 1290 N = 3484 N = 1479 N = 1626 N = 3771
BMI
 Missing 18.2 21.0 8.2 20.0 17.4 9.1
 Reported 81.8 79.0 91.8 80.0 82.6 90.9
BMIZ
 <85th pct 60.7 68.1 72.0 72.0 67.6 82.3
 ≥85th pct 39.3 31.9 28.0 28.0 32.4 17.7
BMIZ
 <90th pct 70.1 75.0 79.2 80.1 75.7 87.7
 ≥90th pct 29.9 25.0 20.8 19.9 24.3 12.3
BMIZ
 <10th pct 6.6 6.5 7.9 6.6 5.2 9.8
 ≥10th pct 93.4 93.5 92.1 93.4 94.8 90.2
Appearance
 Very good 22.5 44.2 19.1 16.9 48.0 12.8
 Quite good 24.3 25.3 24.2 26.3 25.0 25.4
 About average 43.9 27.7 45.8 42.3 23.3 49.9
 Not very good 6.4 1.6 7.2 10.3 2.4 8.3
 Not at all good 2.9 1.2 3.6 4.3 1.3 3.5
Body Satisfaction
 Much too thin 2.4 3.6 2.8 2.7 3.2 1.4
 A bit too thin 11.2 14.2 13.6 8.4 10.8 7.3
 About the right size 54.8 62.7 57.2 49.5 56.9 51.7
 A bit too fat 28.5 16.9 22.7 33.7 24.5 33.8
 Much too fat 3.0 2.7 3.6 5.8 4.7 5.7
  1. a All comparisons across ethnic groups were significant (p < 0.05).